The volume and note alters with the driving modes, Dynamic being the choice for those who want the full unfiltered experience.
The SQ5 Sportback’s assured dynamic qualities allow you dig deep into its performance, whether on a multi-lane autobahn or threading down a winding back road. It’s predicable in its actions, if lacking the sort of engagement that enthusiast drivers might seek.
The control of body movement is particularly good, thanks to the adaptive qualities of the dampers and general tuning of suspension, and the Quattro system provides plenty of grip and traction. Sadly, though, the variable-rate steering, while nicely weighted, lacks for vital feedback.
On smooth roads in Comfort mode, the SQ5 Sportback delivers quite a relaxed ride, although it can still become unsettled when the surface isn’t perfectly free of imperfections. Dynamic mode is quite a lot firmer, leading to more aggressive vertical movement and some odd harshness over larger bumps.
Inside, it’s much the same as the SQ5 – at least up front, where the SQ5 Sportback receives the same dashboard, digital instruments, touchscreen infotainment display, multifunction steering wheel and choice of trims. Quality is generally quite high, although there are some cheap-looking black plastic elements out of your direct line of sight.
The raised front seating position gives you an agreeably commanding forward view, while the standard sport seats are terrifically comfortable, with firm cushioning and excellent support. Rearward vision is compromised somewhat by the more sloping rear screen, although not to the degree found in some rivals.
With the rear bench mounted quite low, most adults should be able sit up back without any concerns over the reduction in head room caused by the more shapely roofline. Boot space, however, is reduced by 10 litres over the SQ5, at a nominal 500 litres.